HCMC to clear street barriers by August

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Street barriers have been reestablished on several drainage projects in Ho Chi Minh City after being removed during the Tet holiday, but the city has said the projects in downtown will be completed this summer.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport reported this week that it would install sewers on 30 kilometers of streets in 2010, less than half the number installed last year.

The agency said traffic and gridlock would not ease until street barriers in districts 1, 3, Binh Thanh and Go Vap were removed.

"The Environment Sanitation Project is expected to finish in June and the Water Environment Project will be completed in August. Traffic in the city's downtown areas will remarkably improve then," it said.

Until then, routes between the city center and Go Vap District

including Hai Ba Trung, Phan Dinh Phung and Nguyen Kiem streets will be clogged by barriers, leaving only two or three meter-wide streets in certain sections.

Most street barriers have been cleared on major roads connecting the center and Tan Son Nhat International Airport. However, a new barrier on Phan Dinh Giot Street remains a hurdle for traffic to and from the area.

In the second half of this year, street barriers will be set up for the HCMC Upgrade Project in the outlying areas of districts 6, 11, Tan Phu and Binh Tan.

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